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Most popular books, by age range, on Lovereading4kids 4 – 11 July 2016

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth
Hollie Hughes
July 2016 Book of the Month  Picture book heroes come in all shapes and sizes but seldom has there been a pair of friends quite as eye-catching as Bug and his best friend Mammoth. With huge pink and orange ears, …
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Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book Macavity’s Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book
T. S. Eliot
July 2016 Book of the Month Young readers will love searching for the mischievous, mystery cat Macavity as they peek under the flaps to hunt for the cat who’s never there, following the clues until they discover the feisty feline …
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Up, Up and Away Up, Up and Away
Tom McLaughlin
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month July 2016  Inventive Orson builds his own planet with a cupful of rocks, a dash of water, a sprinkling of metal and a lot of nothingness. He loves his planet and is proud of …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Blame Blame
Simon Mayo
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller   Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of the EU and a major recession in the UK (that must feel much more prescient now …
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The Moonlight Dreamers The Moonlight Dreamers
Siobhan Curham
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Awesome Empowerment * Sisterly Support * Pursuing Passions
This inspirational story about following dreams and the power of female friendship is as rich, warm and cheering as being curled up with …
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Children of Icarus Children of Icarus
Caighlan Smith
July 2016 Book of the Month  | In a Nutshell: * Dystopian deception * Greek myth * Survival
A labyrinthine world of brutality, deception and monstrous creatures awaits in this intense coming-of-age fantasy about fighting to survive.
Being chosen to enter …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Alicia Potter
July 2016 Book of the Month The story of the scaredy cat finding unexpected resources of courage to save the day is given a lovely – and literal – twist in this delightful picturebook. Miss Hazeltine takes in all shy …
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The Hippopandamouse The Hippopandamouse
Jools Bentley
July 2016 Debut of the Month   Perfection is in the eye of the beholder says this funny picture book, and we should be slower to write off things judged imperfect. There’s a frenzy of activity at Fuffley’s Toys in advance of …
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Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
Morag Hood
July 2016 Debut of the Month  Simplicity is the charm of this picture book story of the unlikely friendship between very different vegetables. Lee is a very green pea and so are all of his friends except for Colin who …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Billy Button, Telegram Boy Billy Button, Telegram Boy
Sally Nicholls
July 2016 Book of the Month  Meet the Buttons. Mrs Button runs a shop – the nicest thing about it, she says, is the people – Mr Button runs the post office. The story is set in the days before …
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Flo of the Somme Flo of the Somme
Hilary Robinson
Winner of the 2016 Historical Association’s ‘Young Quill’s Award for Historical Fiction’ (primary school category) | One of our Books of the Year 2015 | The stories of the many animals involved in the First World War make a great …
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Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door
Julia Donaldson, Catriona Black
Interest Age 5-8  Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson’s story is a touching adventure told in easy to read chapters. Elmo and his sister want to move to the run down house with the overgrown garden. Instead, their parents choose to …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Baby Zebra Rescue Baby Zebra Rescue
Tamsyn Murray
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : animals – friendship – looking after animals
Readers who like animals are going to love Tamysn Murray’s new series set in Tanglewood Animal Park. It’s a dream come true for …
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Half a Man Half a Man
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo deftly captures the devastating and long lasting impact of war in this stunning and beautifully produced short story. Michael’s grandfather is badly disfigured by his horrific experiences in the war. One of only three to …
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Holiday Ha Ha Ha! Holiday Ha Ha Ha!
Various Authors
If there’s any likelihood of rainy days on your holiday, be sure to pack a copy of this sparkling collection of stories written by some of our wittiest and most inventive authors, as it’s certain to brighten the mood until …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Horatio Clare
Winner of The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. This is a special and unusual book. It features some beautiful writing, and conjures up the sights, sounds and smells of the English countryside with …
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Strange Star Strange Star
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016 Rich in thrilling details, Strange Star is a cleverly told story-within-a story that draws together true stories with an original adventure. Italy, 1816, Felix works as a servant to the Lord Byron …
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My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord
David Solomons
July 2016 Book of the Month  | In a nutshell : aliens invade Bromley
The follow-up to David Solomon’s prize-winning sci-fi comedy My Brother is a Superhero delivers just as much in the way of tension, adventure and laughs. Still resentful …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Julia Eccleshare’s Book of the Month July 2016  Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration …
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Private Peaceful Private Peaceful
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That’s because it’s the one that most touched a nerve with him, that …
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Over the Line Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8   Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers’ Battalion. Accused of cowardice because they are out playing football instead …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Otherlife The Otherlife
Julia Gray
July 2016 Debut of the Month Absolutely compelling. I have to admit to being rather surprised by ‘The Otherlife’, I think I was expecting a rollicking fantasy adventure, instead a startling, yet subtle and thought provoking read awaited. Either told …
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Wave Wave
Paul Dowswell
July 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8  World War One didn’t just affect those involved in the fighting but those left at home, and subsequent generations too as this novel shows. Charlie joins up, …
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 – 16 year old category.
WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award  Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining …
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Most popular books on Lovereading4kids 25 – 31 May 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The Slightly Annoying Elephant The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams
Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant demanding admittance. Sam does not want the outsize intruder in his house but it turns …
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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again… But sometimes, …
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The Odd Egg The Odd Egg
Emily Gravett
Winner of the 2009 Best Illustrated Book Awards.
Board Book edition. Witty, stylish and surprising, The Odd Egg is a jewel of a book. All the birds have laid an egg – except for duck. How smug the chicken, the …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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Have You Seen My Monster? Have You Seen My Monster?
Steve Light
In the follow-up to Steve Light’s Have You Seen My Dragon?, this gorgeously illustrated shape book, with fun search-and-find opportunities throughout will delight kids.  In this one a little girl wanders through a country fair, searching for her monster friend. …
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Fantastic Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl
Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the wonderful Quentin …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2 23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2
Mike Warren
May 2015 Book of the Month There’s a wide range of things to make in this fun book, from building your own toolbox – the first project, naturally – to making a wormery and a simple spinning motor.  For each one …
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Darkmouth Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the kind of place you’d want to go on holiday. In fact Darkmouth is a Blighted Village, one of the last …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Imagination Box The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford
May 2015 Debut of the Month Could this Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth?  Join 10 year old Timothy as he is given the chance to decide just this when he discovers the imagination box. It is a …
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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
May 2015 Book of the Month  Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Gone Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil's Hound The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil’s Hound
Vicki Lockwood
Exploring the adventure and thrill of the Victorian circus setting, the series is exceptionally well written, leaving the reader hanging for every page, and desperate to see Lizzie triumph in the face of adversity. It’s got a rich mix of …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home …
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Demons of Dunkirk Demons of Dunkirk
Paul Nolan
This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to …
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Bomber Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale for young adults with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles …
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Remix Remix
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed to be lively and engaging, the …
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A Monster Calls A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal
Rachel Levy chair of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie judging panel said: “A Monster Calls” is an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 10 – 17 May 2015

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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My Daddy My Daddy
Julia Hubery
However dads look, whatever they do, YOUR dad is the best, and he thinks you’re great too! This fun and playful celebration of all dads, everywhere, is now available as a chunky board book with a shiny foiled cover. The …
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The New Jumper The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.
The thing about the …
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None the Number None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats, …
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Featured Books for Young Adults

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Trouble Trouble
Non Pratt
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed …
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The Last Summer of Us The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with …
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More Than This More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal – One of our Books of the Year 2014 – May 2014 Mega Book of the Month  This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
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Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all …
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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World Food Alphabet World Food Alphabet
Chris Caldicott
May 2015 Picture Book of the Month  One of the best ways to get to know another culture to your own is through its food. In his book photographer and founder of the World Food Café Chris Caldicott uses the …
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Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave
Johnny Smith
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2 23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2
Mike Warren
May 2015 Book of the Month There’s a wide range of things to make in this fun book, from building your own toolbox – the first project, naturally – to making a wormery and a simple spinning motor.  For each one …
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I Never Liked Wednesdays I Never Liked Wednesdays
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7  “When I was young, I lived in Liverpool and my best friend was a boy called Midge.” In this lovely little book Roger McGough describes a couple of the adventure he had with Midge. …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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Demolition Dad Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a …
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
May 2015 Book of the Month  Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora’ in everyday conversation, but socially a little inept. She’s queen of the popular …
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Jaguar Trials Jaguar Trials
Ruth Eastham
An expedition along the Amazon to find the legendary El Dorado provides an exotic setting for this rewarding adventure story. Thirteen-year-old Ben is in Brazil with his archaeologist father, but they are separated when their boat capsizes. Swept downriver Ben …
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The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find …
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Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Another deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Plagued by an unspoken scandal, fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly and her family are forced to flee their home …
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Bomber Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month May 2015   Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he is soon a …
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Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you’re dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after …
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Lovereading4kids Top 3 books, by age range, 4 -11 May 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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The New Jumper The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.
The thing about the …
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None the Number None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats, …
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3
My Daddy My Daddy
Julia Hubery
However dads look, whatever they do, YOUR dad is the best, and he thinks you’re great too! This fun and playful celebration of all dads, everywhere, is now available as a chunky board book with a shiny foiled cover. The …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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The Last Summer of Us The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with …
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Trouble Trouble
Non Pratt
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors, James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. In this session, guaranteed …
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Paper Towns Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo, …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Soon Soon
Timothy Knapman
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  Patrick Benson’s superb illustrations bring to life this touching adventure for a baby elephant. Early one morning the little elephant Raju sets off with his mother. On their way they see off …
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What the Jackdaw Saw What the Jackdaw Saw
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month, May 2015  When Jackdaw tries to invite all his friends to his birthday party he can’t understand why first the octopus and then the horse, the cat and the squirrel are all touching their …
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3
Monsters Love Underpants Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
May 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Don't Forget Tiggs! Don’t Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month   This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs …
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World Food Alphabet World Food Alphabet
Chris Caldicott
May 2015 Picture Book of the Month  One of the best ways to get to know another culture to your own is through its food. In his book photographer and founder of the World Food Café Chris Caldicott uses the …
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3
Sir John the (Mostly) Brave Sir John the (Mostly) Brave
Johnny Smith
What’s in a name, asks this new series of madcap adventures for young readers.  John Smith is fed up with being teased for having the most boring name in the world, until his granddad lets him into an amazing secret: …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
May 2015 Book of the Month  Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns …
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The Fastest Boy in the World The Fastest Boy in the World
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal In a beautifully told story packed with emotion and action, Elizabeth Laird tells how eleven- year- old Solomon turns his dreams of becoming an International runner into reality. Solomon runs everywhere – and always especially …
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A Dog Called Flow A Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award.  Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him.  What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Haunters Haunters
Thomas Taylor
The dead and the living exist side by side in this thrilling time-travelling adventure. In David’s recurrent dream, Eddie seems real and it seems like he’s got something to tell David. That’s scary enough but then David gets picked up …
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce is at Hay Fever!   What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast …
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Demolition Dad Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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The Sound of Whales The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find …
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We are All Made of Molecules We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
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Ruth Eastham
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The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
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John Green
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Paul Dowswell
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Lovereading4kids Author Interview: Paul Dowswell talks about his book Bomber

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Why did you decide to write Bomber?

My family have friends in Norfolk and they live in a converted pub in the countryside. During the war American airmen used to come and drink in this pub as there was an airbase not far away. I always felt a little haunted by the thought of these young Americans, far from home, taking a few moments of pleasure in the East Anglian countryside, before they had to set off on a terribly dangerous flight over Germany. Most of them were barely more than boys.

 

How dangerous was flying in a bomber?

Bomber crew flying over Nazi occupied Europe were constantly in danger of being shot down by anti-aircraft guns (flak) or by enemy fighter planes armed with machine guns, cannons and rockets. These great bombers sometimes crashed on take off or landing, and collisions were not uncommon. The casualties speak for themselves. In 1943, when my book is set, 3 out of 4 bombers were shot down during a tour of duty, which would be 25 missions. Sometimes, not everyone was killed when a bomber went down. Some would parachute to safety, where they would either escape back to England or spend the rest of the war in a Prisoner of War camp. But often, everyone was killed, especially if there was a direct hit from flak or a German fighter plane. If the aircraft had yet to drop its bomb load, the fliers inside would often be killed in a blinding explosion. The USAAF in Europe had the highest casualty rate in any American fighting force – even more than the US Marines, who were renowned for doing the toughest fighting.

 

How did you research it?

I’m very keen for my books to be ‘good history’ so I do a lot of research before I write them. I want someone who was there to read this and think ‘yes, it was like that.’ I read a lot of books, watched many documentaries, and visited museums and airbases. I went to Seething airstrip, which was the American base near to where my friends live, and tried to imagine what it would feel like to be a 17 year old boy, there during the war. I’m a great believer in walking the same streets as my characters, if I possibly can. Part of the book is set in France, so I wrote about many of the places I have visited myself there, when I’ve been for work or holiday.

 

The book is published on the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. Can you answer some questions about the war?

 

What was the turning point, when the war turned in favour of the Allies?

The German 6th Army was destroyed at Stalingrad over the winter of 1942-43. I think this meant the Nazis were never going to beat the Russians and they never really recovered from that battle. During the war the Russians lost infinitely more soldiers than the Allies and they paid a very heavy price for their victory against the Nazis. I hope we never forget that. In the west, the D-Day landings left Germany fighting on both her western and eastern fronts, and made a Nazi defeat inevitable.

 

Why did the Germans surrender? 

Hitler committed suicide at the end of April, when the Russians occupied Berlin. A week later, the German military forces officially surrendered. Allied and Russian troops were meeting up all along the front line and it was obvious to all that Germany had lost the war.

 

How soon after VE day did the process of denazification begin?

Almost at once. German civilians were taken on compulsory tours of the concentration camps or made to watch newsreel films of the liberation of death camps. After that no one could be in any doubt as to the truly evil nature of the regime they had supported.

 

What are the Nuremburg trials and when did they occur. 

The Nazis had destroyed their own country and much of Europe and had done things that can only be described as barbaric. The victors wanted to be seen to be fair and decent with the German people, but they also wanted to punish the Nazi leaders. They were sent to trial at Nuremberg, a city in Germany where the Nazis had had some of their most famous rallies.  Most of the leaders who went to trial (many had killed themselves when the war ended) were held accountable and sentenced to death. A few were sent to prison for ten or twenty years. The trials began in the late autumn of 1945.

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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Again! Again!
Emily Gravett
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Oh No, George! Oh No, George!
Chris Haughton
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Cathy Maclennan
Explore what spooky goings-on there are in the dead of night. Wacky and wonderful, it’s a fabulous read-aloud tale to share again and again particularly if it’s Halloween! You’ll meet velvety bats and howling cats and not forgetting the bug-eyed …
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Pirates Love Underpants Pirates Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
‘Pants ahoy!’ in this hilarious new adventure by the best-selling author /illustrator duo of Aliens Love Underpants. Armed with a map, the pirate captain and his crew are off to search for the elusive Pants of Gold which are known …
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This is Not My Hat This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen follows up his successful I Want My Hat Back in this witty, almost wordless picture book about a tiny fish who steals a hat from a very big fish – and hopes to get away with …
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The Journey Home The Journey Home
Frann Preston-Gannon
A thought-provoking story with a powerful message about conservation from an award-winning, rising illustrator and literary star. It is the first book by the first-ever UK recipient of the amazing ‘Sendak Fellowship’ and created with input from the great Maurice …
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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a …
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Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy
James Barklee
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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond
Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on a journey of enlightenment and discovery after his uncle, whom he lives with, goes distinctly barmy and turns his home upside …
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Operation Bunny Operation Bunny
Sally Gardner
A brand new quirky detective series called WINGS & Co. brimming with humour, mystery and magic by million-copy selling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts. Operation Bunny is the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency and with …
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Who Could That be at This Hour? Who Could That be at This Hour?
Lemony Snicket
Bestselling Lemony Snicket’s fast-talking writing is brilliantly on display in this wise cracking detective story which is full of references to the great detective writers of the past. Thirteen year Snicket is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson, a second rate …
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Witches at War!: The Wild Winter Witches at War!: The Wild Winter
Martin Howard
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The Great Unexpected The Great Unexpected
Sharon Creech
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Constable and Toop Constable and Toop
Gareth P. Jones
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Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron
Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Garth Nix
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Eleven Eleven Eleven Eleven
Paul Dowswell
A powerful combination of historic detail, timeless narrative and action-packed plot. The author places three teenagers, one American, one British and the other German at the centre of the story in the lead up to the 11th day of the …
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Anthony Horowitz
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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
Katherine Marsh
Thrilling, romantic and in turns heart-warming and heartbreaking, Jepp is a highly original and unforgettable story about one young mans struggle to escape his destiny. Based on the real 17th century historical figure, Jepp’s story includes violence, love, astrology, and …
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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in a bleak …
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Darren Shan
The exciting new series from the master of teen horror. Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting …
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Monday, February 1st, 2010

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Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book) Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book)
Alison Jay
Beautiful illustrations with a delightful nostalgic feel bring to life the stories of a host of favourite nursery rhymes selected for their reference to different colours. Little Boy Blue dozes contentedly under a hay stack, the Owl and the Pussy …
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Let's Take a Trip on Animal Airways Let’s Take a Trip on Animal Airways
Sally Hopgood, Andrea Petrlik
The aeroplane in this book really does travel through the pages! This wonderful novelty format will help encourage counting, sequencing and recognition skills in any toddler.  Turn the page and the brightly coloured aeroplane pops out on a flexible ribbon …
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Baby Gym: Touch and Tickle Baby Gym: Touch and Tickle

Designed to stimulate the senses, this delightful board book that hooks into the baby’s first language – that of touch, is a book that will encourage interaction and bonding between parent and baby and thereby build a sense of security …
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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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Where the Wild Things are Where the Wild Things are
Maurice Sendak
When Max is sent to bed without any supper for making mischief, he sets off on an amazing adventure across the sea to the land where he meets the ‘wild things’. The wild things roar their terrible roar and gnash …
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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a …
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Church Mouse The Church Mouse
Graham Oakley
A brilliant picture book thankfully now back in print. The stunning, detailed and humorous illustrations tell the entertaining story of how Sampson the church cat and Arthur the church mouse take over the local church despite the reservations of the …
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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at family life in all its intricacies as it revolves around pet ownership and the drama that surrounds it. Nine year old Anna tells how she and her younger brother …
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Batpants! Batpants!
Jeremy Strong
Loads of laughter for readers from comic master writer Jeremy Strong.  Batpants is his new creation, a madcap story of high jinks as Finn, Zac and Tilly learn to live with a pet orang-utan. Batpants is just part of the …
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The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
Harriet Goodwin
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
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Lucy Christopher
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
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Frozen In Time Frozen In Time
Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
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Season of Secrets Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever.
Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old
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Auslander Auslander
Paul Dowswell
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
A tense and dramatic story of growing up in Berlin during World War Two. When Piotr’s parents are killed he is taking to an orphanage in Warsaw. But Piotr …
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Private Peaceful Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
One of our ‘Must Reads’. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That’s because it’s the one that most …
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Savannah Grey: A Horror Story Savannah Grey: A Horror Story
Cliff Mcnish
If you’re looking for a real page-turner that will have you gasping for breath then this is it.  It’s a horror story and a love story intertwined and 15 year old Savannah Grey is possibly the only person who can …
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The Carbon Diaries 2017 The Carbon Diaries 2017
Saci Lloyd
Laura’s witty diary entries cleverly combine the important events in her own life – managing her boyfriend and dealing with her attempts to be in a successful band – with the major and serious issues of climate change in a …
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My Love Lies Bleeding My Love Lies Bleeding
Alyxandra Harvey
This is a teen romance to really get your teeth into.  It’s an action-packed, urban fantasy full of Gothic seduction, teen angst, passion, wicked humour and adventure, all skilfully ignited by an age-old prophecy and a reluctant vampire princess that …
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The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief
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Lulu's Christmas Lulu’s Christmas
Camilla Reid
All the excitement of Christmas is crammed into this interactive picture book showing all the things Lulu has to do to get ready for the big day. And young readers will love pulling the tab to help her decorate the …
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My Animals My Animals
Xavier Deneux
Stylish imagery in black and white (with a cleverly done tiny hint of colour on each page) introduces some familiar animals in a highly original way. Perfectly placed holes for little fingers will encourage readers to engage closely with each picture as …
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures …
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Who's Driving? Who’s Driving?
Leo Timmers
This is a delightful new take on the classic fable of the hare and the tortoise. Full of shining cars and screeching tyres, it’s a picture book for drivers of all ages, young and old. So many different cars and so …
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Mr Pusskins Best in Show Mr Pusskins Best in Show
Sam Lloyd
Winner of the 6 and under category in the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
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Emily Bearn
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My Brilliant Book! My Brilliant Book!
Michael Broad
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Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything Really Really Big Questions about life, the Universe and everything
Stephen Law, Nishant Choksi
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.

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Mrs Cockle's Cat Mrs Cockle’s Cat
Philippa Pearce
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine Mccaughrean
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The Unfinished Angel The Unfinished Angel
Sharon Creech
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Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Helen Grant
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. The winner will be announced on 18th November 2009.

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Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth
Chris Priestley
A spine chilling collection of short stories each of which will horrify but also delight readers with its creepy characters and unexpected occurrences. Robert starts back to school on the train alone but, when the train stops right in the …
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The Secret to Teen Power The Secret to Teen Power
Paul Harrington
‘The Secret’ is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today’s over programmed, stressed-out teens in this fast-movingand changing 21st century world. …
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Jane Eagland
Set in Victorian England, this is a thought-provoking and shocking debut story for teenagers and adults of how a young woman with an ambition to become a doctor (at a time when it was frowned upon for women to have …
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Paul Dowswell
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A tense and dramatic story of growing up in Berlin during World War Two. When Piotr’s parents are killed …
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Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Ellie Bethel
A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does …
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Emily Gravett
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Jane Clarke
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Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness Billy Bonkers 2: More Madness
Giles Andreae
Madcap adventures with huge naughty boy appeal featuring Billy and his family, and wittily illustrated by Nick Sharratt. At school there’s the great sports day fiasco, then there’s the Bonkers’ unfortunate holiday on the shores of Loch Ness and finally …
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Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed
Margaret Ryan
Weird Street is a terrific little four book series that will get 6-9 year old boys (in particular) and girls really reading and enjoying it.  Weird Street is on Johnny’s paper round, a bizarre, scary and extremely unusual paper round, where he …
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101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read 101 Ways To Get Your Child To Read
Patience Thomson
For parents: There are many different reasons why children find learning to read difficult. Calmly and with loads of different tips, this book helps to guide parents to understand the myriad problems which may be causing the difficulty and gives …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Foul Play Foul Play
Tom Palmer
On the Blue Peter Award Shortlist – Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. …
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Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Alan Gibbons
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship’s boy.  Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin’s 200th birthday.  It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of …
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An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll! An Awfully Beastly Business: Bang Goes A Troll!
Beastly Boys
For fans of dragons, giants and werewolves, this new series entitled An Awfully Beastly Business has proved to be a sure-fire hit with even the most reluctant reader. This is the third title in the series.    Short snappy sentences with pages …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Running On The Cracks Running On The Cracks
Julia Donaldson
A thrilling corkscrew of a novel that twists and turns weaving several strands of story into one compelling narrative, and the first novel from an established and bestselling picture book author for younger readers. Orphaned after the death of her …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Take a peek into Greg’s diary and find out the story of his life – and especially about his relationship with his older brother Roderick. Wittily told in words and pictures, this diary charts the trials and tribulations of a …
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Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One Flood And Fang: Raven Mysteries Book One
Marcus Sedgwick
Told from the bird’s eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is distinctly strange. Edgar the raven cares little …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Malice Malice
Chris Wooding
Enter this terrifying parallel world if you dare! From the dramatic 3-D cover onwards, everything about Malice is original and just a little bit different. Cleverly told as both a novel and a graphic novel, this is the scary story …
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The Princess Plot The Princess Plot
Kirsten Boie
A thrilling debut adventure combining the glamour of the world of movies with a sharply drawn political background. Jenna never expects to land the part of the princess when she goes for an audition. But when she does, she finds …
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Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble
Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb is a debut children’s author but an established chick-lit novelist and her wonderful 13 year old character creation in Amy Green, teen agony aunt extraordinaire, is set to be the new best friend for every pre-teen girl.  Full of humour …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Everything Beautiful Everything Beautiful
Simmone Howell
This novel is so tuned in to the teenage psyche – sharp, full of humour and a touch subversive – that it’s hard to believe it’s not written by one.  In fact it comes from the pen of Simmone Howell …
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Auslander Auslander
Paul Dowswell
A chilling, powerful and thought-provoking thriller about a Polish orphan’s subversion of Nazi ideals.  Meticulously researched and incredibly imagined it will at times almost take your breath away. Perceived as the perfect Aryan specimen by the German family who adopt Peter …
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Stop in the Name of Pants! Stop in the Name of Pants!
Louise Rennison
You can’t stop laughing at and with Georgia Nicolson. Now she’s back with a new diary in which, as ever, she charts the ups and downs of her intense – sometimes imaginary – sex-kitten life as it ricochets from the …
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Children’s Classics, Prize Winners and books for reluctant readers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

In addition to Lovereading4kids keeping you abreast of lots of new books from established and debut authors we wanted to let you know about three special sections that have just gone live (due to numerous reader requests) and we think you’ll love.

ClassicChildren’s Classics

The first is one dedicated to Classic Children’s Books from Alice (in Alice in Wonderland) to Zeus (in Tales of Greek Heroes). From great value hardbacks from Oxford and large format illustrated paperbacks from Walker Books to Puffin’s delightfully packaged paperbacks there’s a format for every time and place and as you collect them you’ll find they make a marvellous library for your child’s bookshelf. Find out more today.

Essential Reading

Essential ReadingThe second are what we call Essential Reading. Eagle-eyed readers will realised we launched this last year but for 2009 we’ve refreshed the list. It’s the perfect place to go if you are stuck for a book to buy next for your child. Split by age range it features dozens of titles, that are all fabulous reads and have a timeless quality about them. Our highlight of the month for this section has to be The Little White Horse, which has come back to prominence with the launch of the hugely successful film The Secret of Moonacre.

Reluctant readersBooks for reluctant readers

Last but by no means least, if you have any children that aren’t overly keen about picking up a book to read, perhaps they even struggle as a reader, then have a look at our Reluctant Readers category. Working with the Literacy Trust, we’ve packed it with books recommended by parents and teachers who found them useful for encouraging hesitant readers. We hope it helps!

Start reading books before they are published

We have some excellent pre-publication stories this month for your kids to discover before the playground crowds. Just download some free Opening Extracts to read together:

Litterbug Doug by Ellie Bethel – 5+ readers

A fun story about a lazy, wasteful boy who hates recycling… only Michael Recycle, Planet Earth’s Super Green Hero can save the day!

Raven Mysteries by Marcus Segewick – 7+ readers.

A really funny new Gothic series about a very strange family, told from the point of a raven. We’re always pleased when an author with an established fan base begins writing for a younger audience, particularly someone as talented as Marcus.

Running on the Cracks by Julia Donaldson for 9+ readers.

A heart-stopping debut thriller from an award-winning picture book author about a girl who runs away from home to escape life and investigate the secret behind her dead father’s feud with his family.

Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie – 11+ readers.

Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess – but when she gets whisked off to the shoot, she becomes caught up in a real-life royal mystery! This is a stunningly original debut.

 

Auslander by Paul Dowswell – 14+ readers.

Peter grows up in a Warsaw orphanage, but with his Aryan blond hair and blue eyes, he is soon adopted by a German professor. But Peter refuses to be the perfect Hitler-jugend.It’s chilling and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Blue PeterPotential Prize Winners

The name Blue Peter conjures up memories for parents and children everywhere but did you know they organise a very influential children’s book prize?. To find the shortlisted titles in the three sections of the award – ‘the best book with facts’, ‘the book I couldn’t put down’ and ‘the most funny story with pictures’ – go to our Prize Winners section and decide which are your favourites to win. The winners of the sections will be announced on World Book Day 5 March.

Money offSpread the word about Lovereading4kids and get money off books!

Finally, We know that as a parent you appreciate the guidance that Lovereading4kids provides in finding some amazing new children’s books to keep the reading-ball rolling But don’t forget to tell all your friends and family about it too, also recommending your friends to join up can earn you discounts on books!

P.S Oh and one last thing, time waits for no man, or child for that matter, so why not take a moment to review the age categories you have asked us to keep you up-to-date on. After all, kids get older too and may be you’re no longer receiving the most appropriate age ranges for your kids. Just click this link and login to your account page.

P.P.S A reminder too about our free prize draws page that we launched recently. If you’ve not dropped in to that page this month then why not take a look.


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